Cheapo Schilling rudder or stern thruster
Thanks for the reply's so far.
My boat is a single diesel.
Attached pic shows the existing rudder.
I don't know if I really am trying to correct any problem, just always interested in better slow speed handling. The bit I know indicates the downside is probably minimal for this type of modification.
I am waaay to cheap to actually have a real Schilling or articulated rudder engineered and built.
I have a haul out coming up and thought I would try and experiment with the angle stock.
My rudder is fiberglass/composite. I plan to bolt the 90 degree angle to the uppper portion of the trailing edge of the rudder, this will be about 18" of material.
The angle stock is UHMW Polyethylene Angle, 3-1/2" X 3-1/2" Leg Lengths, 1/2" Thick. I was intending to trim the leg that will potrude (and deflect)*to 2" and router the newly cut edge to be a bit more fair. The bolts are nylon.
Mike makes a great point in that since this is an experiment, if the results are too erratic, I can just swim down and unbolt it, I do have a wetsuit.
-- Edited by bshanafelt on Thursday 27th of January 2011 06:11:24 PM